Summary of Will of Richard Lewkenor, arm., of Westdeane, d.1635, grandson of Sir Richard Lewkenor, Message No.8:
Wording is catholic.Body to be buried in parish church of Westdeane.100 pounds for monument with effigie of grandfather
To wife: Mary: 1. coach and horses, etc.; 2. 1 silver basin and ewer; one great standing cup; 3. childbed linen and ordinary linen; 4. 5 pounds per week until she receives benefit from jointure.
Executors:brother: Christopher Lewkenor and brothers-in-law: Richard Benet, Thomas Benet, John Austen and Humphrey Benet, Esq.Executors to render an account for when son, John Lewkenor, reaches 21 years. If John dies before 21 years or before marriage, then all goods, etc. to go to next male heir. Executors to receive 10 pounds each for their pains.
To brother: Christopher Lewkenor: 50 pounds and best saddle guelding; To brother: (half-brother) William Oglander: 50 pounds; To brother: Anthony Lewkenor: 20 pounds; To sister Austen: 1 gold ring of 20 shillings price; To sister: Elizabeth Lewkenor: 1 gold ring of same price; To Henry Bellingham, Esq.,: 1 gold ring of same price; To nephew and godson, Richard Cowper, son of loving kinsman, Richard Cowper, deceased,: 5 pounds.
All other goods, chattels, etc. "I give and bequeathe unto my said son, together with one lease for three lives of lands outside westgate of city of Chichester, to be disposed of ...".
"I most humbly beg of his most royall Matie: and of the right honorable, the Master of the Court of Wards and Lyveries, that his Matie would be gratiously pleased that my wife, my brother, Christopher Lewkenor, and my brothers in law, Richard Benet and John Austen, Esq., may be the Committee for my son's wardship and marriage to the use of my said son".
R.Lewkenor this seven and twentieth day of May 1635.
Will published and read in our presence and in the hearing of us whose names are under written: John Shalmer, William Dobery, William Haseler, Elizabeth Lewkener, Mary Lewkener